Since its emergence, 3D printing technology has been performing miracles every day, from the initial 3D printing prototype to help product development to now helping to separate a pair of connected babies to modeling the "preview" effect of plastic surgery. If food can be 3D printed, what changes will happen to the catering industry? And do you want to have a try?
What kind of food can be printed by 3D printing?
So far, more than 30 different foods can be successfully printed, mainly in six categories: candy (chocolate, marzipan, chewing gum, gum, jelly); baked goods (biscuits, cakes, desserts); snack products (potatoes) Slices, tasty snacks); fruit and vegetable products (various fruit purees, fruit juices, vegetable and fruit jelly or gels); meat products (different sauces and meat products); dairy products (cheese or yogurt).
The 3D chocolate printer is currently the fastest growing among all 3D food printers. The first 3D food printer developed was the 3D chocolate printer, and companies in the United States and China have developed related products. Most chocolate 3D printers use CAD files, just like ordinary 3D printers. Chocolate 3D printers use a syringe instead of wire, which is loaded and then maintains the temperature of the chocolate while printing. The extruder head moves and lays the melted chocolate in the desired shape. The chocolate finally cools and becomes solid
Pizza is a kind of food that is loved by both China and the West. This year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has decided to invest 125,000 US dollars to authorize a manufacturer to develop a 3D printer that can print pizza to improve the diet of astronauts’ Level. The printer prototype can use oil and flour with a long shelf life, and also minimize the unhealthy ingredients in the pizza. The printer first prints the dough on the heating plate, then prints tomato, water and oil, and finally prints a "protein layer" on the surface, which is simple, delicious and nutritious.
Candy is a child's favorite, and a 3D food printer can also fulfill the child's lollipop dream. The candy printer launched by the US company 3DSystems in 2014 can support monochrome or color candy printing. Not only can it print out various shapes of candies, it also supports chocolate, vanilla, mint, cherry, sour apple and watermelon flavors, which are quite rich.
A 3D printer named "ChefJet Pro" is the first 3D food printer put into commercial production. It looks like an oven. Layers of dry sugar are placed on the inner tray, and then the nozzle of the printer will spray water to melt part of the dry sugar and perform shaping and carving. Then the sugar will harden, just like the sugar in the bowl becomes hard after being damp. , You can also choose to add pigments in the water so that you can print colorful candies.
The rapid development of 3D food printing technology has brought a revolution to the food industry and catering industry. Some people worry that 3D food printing technology will make chefs unemployed. In fact, this is unfounded worry. Compared with the traditional food manufacturing industry, 3D printing food can save a lot of trouble, but when it comes to cooking, 3D printing technology has no meaning. Especially for Chinese cuisine that strives for excellence, 3D printers are even more important. But for fast food industries such as KFC and Pizza Hut, or as food auxiliary equipment at home, 3D printing technology still has many uses.